CHANDIGARH: The third edition of Chandigarh Literature Festival(CLF) will begin on Thursday, with a gala opening at Chandigarh Club in Sector one at 4 pm. And the fest will conclude on November 2.
The inauguration will be followed by a panel discussion on “30 Years of Operation Bluestar”. And book sessions, movie screenings and discussions will liven up the proceedings at the fest, which has become a fixture on the cultural calendar.
The first day of the festival on Friday will start with a session on ‘Gawah De Fanah Ho Jaan Ton Pehlan’, Punjabi translation of Amandeep Sandhu’s book Roll of Honour, which depicts the story of split loyalties of a Sikh boy in a boarding school in Punjab during the Khalistan struggle. It is based on the events of 1984-- Operation Bluestar, Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the anti-Sikh riots. The book has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013.
Mitul Dikshit, chairman, Adab Foundation, organisers of CLT, said it was all about celebrating books and a unique format would be adopted at the festival, in which 14 individual books would be dissected, analysed and read out. Critics will present their analysis of the books and help the audience to gain an insight into the literary merits (or demerits) of the books.
Films such as ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, ‘Do Dooni Chaar’, ‘Shahid’ and ‘Passive Euthanasia: Kahaani Karuna Ki’, will be screened to depict the intersection between cinema and the literary form, and will be followed by discussions between the critics and film makers and would include names like Abhishek Chaubey; Director of Dedh Isqiya.
An attraction would be Yog Joy: A Photographic Retrospective, an exhibition of black and white, as well as colour images, which showcase late Yog Joy, a prominent photographer. The exhibition has been curated by his son Vikram Joy, a lensman himself.